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Woman reports being raped in Wendy's bathroom

Police are investigating after a woman said she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the same man Wednesday, including once in a Wendy’s restroom.

Officers responded at about 6:30 p.m. to Potbelly Sandwich Shop, where the 29-year-old woman had gone to make the call, Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said. She described her alleged assailant to police as a 6-foot-tall, 240-pound black man with tattoos on his forearm and said though she did not know him she knew other people who did.

The two had met at Monroe County Public Library earlier in the day, she told police. They left together and walked down the B-Line trail. Behind some nearby storage units, he forced her to perform oral sex.

After that, they went to the Wendy’s at Second Street and College Avenue, she said. There, he took her into the men’s restroom and raped her.

They left Wendy’s and walked back downtown, where she fled and called police. She said he had told her he was a gang member and that people who crossed him would be “dealt with,” and she was afraid to try to leave.

Police interviewed people whom the woman said would know the suspect and eventually located him downtown. The 50-year-old transient man admitted to having sex with her but said it was consensual.

Police are continuing to investigate the case and will try to obtain security footage from the businesses in the areas of the alleged assaults, Kovach said.

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